Library of Congress is Unsafe

Someone pointed out Salon has picked up This Stoy about the fire saftey troubles at LOC.

They say the Library of Congress will not be able to fix all fire safety violations for another two years, and there seem to be more than a few problems. They were issued seven citations for violations.

\"The Library is strongly committed to correcting all these deficiencies and already corrected 76 percent of those that are the Library\'s responsibility,\"


Death Of Paper, again.......?

Gerry Vogel writes \"Hello, just reading a story from the Globe and Mail (national Canadian newspaper) breathlessly predicting the end of paper -- AGAIN.

Bring that elusive \"tablet\" computer down in price to $100 and then I may believe....
Story \"

Cate McNeely also pointed out This Related Story on reading, and the problems with reading on a regular computer screen. Some interesting points on how we read in this one.

Governor General\'s speech to the Ontario Library

Cabot writes \"Speech on the Occasion of the Opening Plenary Session of the Ontario Library Association\'s Super Conference is

\"I\'m here also to salute all of you librarians – individuals who have created and sustained this organization over the years, through good times and through bad, and who persevere. And who are \"reaching forward\" now into the next century with the same commitment, creativity and excellence.\"


First airing since 17th century for music discovery

Charles Davis writes \"From
a Story on a rare piece of music that popped up in The Bodleian Library. It\'ll now be performed for the first time since 1637!How\'s that for an encore?\"

NEA Poll Shows Reading Matters to Teens

Even in our fast-paced digital age with its emphasis on technology and computer skills, young people still recognize that turning their attention to the printed page is vital to success in work and life [more...]


Creating the Perfect Library School Graduate

Mary Ellen Bates writes...
\"In an industry that seems to completely mutate at least once a year, the Perfect Library School Graduate will have to ride the wave of change that goes beyond the reference interview...\" [more...]

Winners of Writers Guild Awards Announced

Kenneth Lonergan, author of the sibling-reunion tale \"You Can Count On Me,\" won a top honor from The Writers Guild of America. He won for best screenplay based on material written specifically for the screen. [more...] from The Nando Times...


New Issue of Information for Social Change

The UK journal Information for Social Change has a new issue out, No. 12. The articles on the web are as follows:

  • Editorial. John Vincent
  • Clause 28. Anne Ramsden
  • Clause 28 and its effects.
  • Changing times: information destinations of the lesbian, Gay, bisexual and transgender community in Denver, Colorado. Martin Garnar
  • Barriers to GLBT library service in the Electronic Age. Ellen Greenblatt
  • Book review: Ian Lumsden\'s Machos, maricones and gays: Cuba and homosexuality. Review: John Pateman and John Vincent
  • Social Exclusion Action Planning Network
  • Book review: Fidel Castro\'s Capitalism in Crisis. Review: John Pateman

e-Reference Books

Lee Hadden writes:
\"The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article from Friday\'s
edition. Who is going to pay for electronic reference books?

When nobody was looking, traditional reference books became obsolete. So
did their successors, those silvery CD-ROMs that so impressed us with their
song and dance routines. And it\'s a darned good thing, too. Forget all that
fussy nostalgia, all the pleadings of the paper fetishists. If you need to
look things up a lot, and you\'d rather not cart around several times your
body weight in books every time you move, then the advent of authoritative
reference works online is an unalloyed good.

The only question about the migration of reference works to the Internet
is: Will they survive it? In other words, who will their publishers charge
and how will they collect?

\"We think about this every day,\" says Pat
Schroeder, the former congresswoman who is now president of the Association
of American Publishers.

Read more about it.
Taste: You Can Look It Up Quickly and Cheaply --- So Who\'s Going to
Pay for Reference Books? Wall Street Journal: Eastern edition New York,
N.Y. Mar 2, 2001 By Daniel Akst\"

School libraries cut hours as staff shelved

Collen Kelly sent in This One on big troubles at school libraries in Ontario. One-third of elementary school libraries in Ontario now report being open only part-time hours! They go so far as to say \"The cuts have also left teacher-librarians wondering if they\'re a dying breed.\"

``Unless the public is made aware of what we do, what the role of a teacher-librarian is and how desperately important it is to have teacher-librarians to work with other teachers, I\'m afraid we are going to become like dinosaurs and disappear.\'\'

Access denied. Librarian/censors decried

Mark Rosenzweig from The Progressive Librarian writes:

\"I went to a public library several weekends ago in Easton, PA (Easton Area Public Library). It was a bustling library which reaffirmed my belief in the centrality of such institutions in communities large and small. I didn\'t have my laptop with me that weekend, so while I was there at the Public Library I thought I\'d check to see if I had any e-mail (which I couldn\'t do because of some \'technical\' problem accessing Earthlink) and then, since I had already signed up for the terminal time, I decided to try looking up some things on the web I was interested in following. They all involved ...librarianship.

Guess what? \'Cybersitter\' censorware prevented me from accessing those sites.

Much More....


Questia Responds

I got a response from Questia on This Story. I have also been granted an interview with Questia, so if you have Questions For Questia, post them below, and I\'ll pass them along.

\"I\'d like to respond to your Feb. 22 story on \"Questionable
Advertising @ Questia???\"

Questia\'s business and marketing philosophies seek the greatest degree of
inclusion possible. We believe the feedback and interest from the
librarian and academic communities, particularly, are crucial to the
quality of content and service Questia provides. Therefore, proactive
education campaigns to these audiences have been in progress for more than
a year.

NZ Library Association critical of e-government policy

Ann Ryan sent in This Story on The New Zealand Library and Information Association. They have been pressuring the NZ Government to take a \"wider approach\" to promoting e-government and e-commerce for more than a year.
Now they are criticising the SSC\'s e-government policies and have set out a list of specific policy demands.
They want Government to appoint people from Lianza and the Maori Library Information Workers\' Association e-government advisory board.

\"There is a serious risk to our future and a possible failure to the Government\'s e-commerce and e-government initiatives if the environment for developing a knowledge society is not created soon.\"


A Day on the Job: Archivist

Someone writes \"Here\'s an interesting little story from CNN on an archivist in Alaska.\"

It\'s good to see some of the over looked parts of the LIS world get some attention. The story is on Kathleen Hertel, processing archivist in the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).

Dirty-book guy

Bob Cox sent in this
on Martin Davis a man who has filed more tha a dozen
complaints on books in the Charlotte library. He actually
went so far as to filed a complaint with the police,
accusing the library of violating obscenity laws.

I was suprised at the length of this story, they actually
go into his life story.

Now after
reading Rory\'s story
on objectivity
, was this story objective and fair?

\"\"I\'m not trying to titillate anybody,\" he said. \"I\'m
making some people aware of things they don\'t know
about and I intend to keep doing that. The
commissioners should be acting on this . A crime has
been committed, and the commissioners are
accessories, and the library director should be


Lincoln Presidential Library

John writes
\"My hometown paper has this
about the new Lincoln Presidential Library in
Springfield, Il. The public library in town is also named
Lincoln Library after its favorite son. \"

Folks at Springfield\'s Lincoln Library are already
running into trouble with names. The Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum isn\'t expected to be
done till late 2002, and already someone sent a
$50,ooo check to the wrong place.


Neutrality, Objectivity and the Political Center

I published a long editorial in Library Juice last week called Neutrality, Objectivity, and the Political Center, which explores and attempts to clarify the differences and relationships between these ideas. I realize that not everyone would agree with it, but I think it makes some important points out a few things that are seldom thought about by most librarians. I would appreciate your comments.


Prince Charlie\'s a Potter Fan

Write a controversial tale from the dark side, fill it with sorcery, witchcraft and wizardry and get the keys to the kingdom from the princely one himself [more...]


Harry Trailer Hits The Web

There is a three-minute trailer for the upcoming \"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer\'s Stone\" movie online now at, if you can get through. The movie comes out Nov. 16.

You can also find the trailer Here or here.


Happy Birthday Theodor Geisel!

The National Education Association (NEA) has designated today as \"Read Across America\" day.

There was a funny story on NPR this morning on the crazy things school principals are doing to get their kids to read. They are kissing Llamma\'s, snakes, and being duct taped to the wall, if the kids read enough books.



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